Diversity and Assistive Technology: Focusing on the analysis of special education magazines from 1999 to 2009 in Japan and The United States


People with disabilities who are able to make use of adequate Assistive Technology (hereafter referred to as AT), are more able to participate in society. Moreover, there needs to be an improvement made in the circumstances and environment of people with disabilities to enhance their usage of AT. Therefore, in order to clearly understand the AT system, the AT system usage and the general society system for AT in Japan and the United States, it was decided to understand the research trends concerning AT using special education magazines. The target audience of these magazines are special education practitioners and the contents are considered to be reflective of the needs of the education practitioners. By examining these educational magazines, it was possible to uncover certain trends in the needs for AT in disability education, and to clarify the direction that AT needs to take in order to better support children with disabilities in Japan and the United States.

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Jiyoung Seo, Utsunomiya University, Japan
Kiyomasa Ikemoto, Utsunomiya University, Japan
Jie Qi, Utsunomiya University, Japan

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Conference: ACE2013
Stream: Education

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